Do you need to make a simple cat costume? This beautiful, plush black cat costume is tremendous cozy, lovable and straightforward to make. All you want is a few smooth black plush material or fake fur, a little bit of bendable wire, needle and thread, and a headscarf.
This costume consists of plush cat ears, fingerless gloves, leg heaters, and a tail. I additionally made a mushy crinoline bubble skirt and paired it with a black bodysuit.
A black cat in all probability wins for the preferred Halloween costume. On each sidewalk and at each Halloween get together, there are all the time cat ears and whiskered faces. Dressing up as a black cat could be the only answer to the annual query, “What should I be for Halloween?”
However, simply since you gained’t be the one cat on the road, doesn’t imply your DIY cat costume can’t stand out as top-of-the-line!
With some selfmade magic, you’ll be able to create a shocking black cat costume that’s really considered one of a sort!
Three years in the past, we made our women black cat costumes that have been cozy and excellent for youthful women. Julia needed to decorate as a cat once more this yr, however now that she’s a youngster, she needed a reasonably cat costume that was extra appropriate for a teen.
- 1 How To Make An Easy Cat Costume
- 2 DIY Black Cat Plush Ears
- 3 DIY Black Cat Gloves and Leg Heaters or Boot Cuffs
- 4 Black Cat Tail
- 5 Half Circle Skirt with Bubble Skirt Overlay
- 6 Cat Costume Make-up
- 7 Pin it for Later
- 8 Extra DIY Halloween Costumes for Women
How To Make An Easy Cat Costume
Whereas I used my stitching machine once I created this cat costume for my 13-yr-previous niece, Julia, you possibly can sew it by hand in case you don’t have a stitching machine. You don’t even want a glue gun!
DIY Black Cat Plush Ears
First, each cat wants ears. Actually, in a pinch, you possibly can simply rock the cat ears, black garments, and a few make-up.
Through the years, I’ve made extra animal ears than I can rely. I’ve made numerous sorts of cat ears, bunny ears, bat ears, fox ears, fawn ears, and unicorn ears.
(On this DIY cat costume tutorial I made a number of years in the past, I present you ways I made cat ears for these cat costumes.)
The tactic I used for these plush cat ears is extra refined and simplified, (in any case these ears, I’ve found what works and appears greatest.)
I’ll replace this publish shortly with a video tutorial. However within the meantime, right here is how I make them.
- Plush material and/or fake fur
- bendable wire
Step 1. Minimize out ears
Draw a easy template on your cat ears on paper. Principally, you simply want to attract a triangle that extends down about an inch on the backside.
Upon getting your template, reduce your ears out of your material — two ears, in units of two — a back and front piece for every ear.
Step 2. Sew ears
With proper sides collectively, sew the back and front of ear collectively, leaving the underside open. You should use a stitching machine or sew by hand.
When you have greater than a 1/four″ seam allowance, trim. Flip inside out. Repeat for the second ear.
For these cat ears, I truly moved the aspect seams into the center of the ears in order that the material pulled into the middle, equally to how cat fur faces inward on the ear.
However that’s non-compulsory. You possibly can simply flip your ears inside out as typical and have the aspect seams on the aspect.
Step three. Bend wire into cat ear shapes
In case your material is gentle and “floppy,” you’ll in all probability have to make some type of an insert to carry up your ears.
A simple strategy to maintain up material ears is to make use of some bendable wire reminiscent of aluminum crafting or beading wire. It’s also possible to use pipe cleaners, floral wire, and even the wire from a garments hanger.
Bend the wire right into a triangle form that you simply really feel resembles the form you need in your cat ears.
Insert triangle wire shapes into ears and put aside when you make the duvet in your headband.
Step four. Minimize out cowl for headband
Making a canopy on your headband is tremendous easy.
You can also make the duvet in the identical plush you’re utilizing on your ears, or you need to use one other tender material that isn’t as fluffy.
(For the bunny ears I made for Sophia final yr, I used the identical plush for the ears and the duvet.)
For these cat ears, I used some black tender, chenille Minky material that I had left over from the hoodie I made for Sophia’s panda costume.
In case your plush material or fake fur is sort of fluffy, then I like to recommend utilizing a thinner material for the scarf cowl.
Measure the size and width of your headband.
Measure and reduce out a bit of cloth that’s an inch or two longer than your headband and double the width, plus 1″ seam allowance.
Step 5. Sew headband cowl
Fold the scarf material in half, lengthwise. So you’ll have a folded over piece of cloth that’s an inch or two longer than your headband.
Leaving ends open, with proper sides collectively, sew down the lengthy aspect of the material.
You’ll now have an extended material tube. Flip it proper aspect out utilizing your favourite tube turning technique.
A tremendous efficient solution to flip a cloth tube inside out is to make a small snip within the material at one of many open ends, then slip a hairpin/bobby pin over that little piece of cloth and insert into tube.
Use the hairpin to push/pull by way of the tube till the whole tube of cloth is true aspect out.
Flip the ends of 1 aspect in and stitch shut. Slide the material tube onto the scarf and stitch the opposite finish shut.
Step 6. Connect ears to the scarf
As soon as your wire ear frames are inside your plush ears, fold up the underside of the ears, trimming extra material if vital.
Sew ears shut.
Place ears onto the scarf, ensuring you don’t place the ears too shut collectively.
Ears which might be too shut collectively will appear to be bunny ears. Sure, I’ve made that mistake a pair occasions through the years and I’ve needed to take them aside and reattach.
With hand stitches, start to stitch your ears onto the scarf, taking care to place your stitches via the material on the highest and backside of the scarf cowl and in addition catching the underside of the wire ear body.
It would be best to sew your ears on very completely. Luckily, your stitches won’t be noticeable within the black plush, so don’t fear about making your stitches neat. You simply want a ton of them!
After you have stitched your ears firmly in place, you’re achieved.
Congratulations — you now personal the most effective cat ears on the block!!!
DIY Black Cat Gloves and Leg Heaters or Boot Cuffs
It’s fall — let’s get cozy!
Truthfully, I simply need to put on these fingerless gloves and leg heaters/boot cuffs day by day. They’re tremendous cozy. (I feel I’d steal the gloves and add them to my digital camera bag to maintain my palms heat whereas I photograph within the winter.)
Making fingerless gloves and leg heaters is so easy!
For the gloves, measure the width of your wrist and your hand round your knuckles, together with your thumb. Additionally measure how lengthy you need your gloves to increase previous your wrist.
In case your material is stretchy, like this plush material, then you can also make the ultimate width of your gloves a bit of smaller than the width of your knuckles. In case your material doesn’t have stretch, ensure you have sufficient width in your design in order that it is possible for you to to get the glove over your knuckles and your thumb.
I reduce our material 9″x8″. I had additional room as a result of our material was so stretchy, so after becoming on Julia’s tiny palms, I restitched them to make them smaller.
Since you need your gloves to be “fingerless”, you’ll want to depart an inch or so open in your aspect seam for the thumb to undergo.
Leg heaters are even simpler to make.
As you probably did with the gloves, you might want to be sure to have sufficient width in your design to accommodate getting your piece on and off.
Measure the width of your ankle, but in addition measure round your heel and ankle. Your leg hotter might want to slip over your ankle.
This won’t be an excessive amount of of an issue with a stretch material. However for a fake fur that doesn’t stretch, just like the fur I used for Sophia’s Panda Bear costume, I had to ensure she might get them on and off.
As a result of each Julia and Sophia have been sporting black boots with their costumes, we determined to make boot cuffs.
Since we needed the boot cuffs to go over prime of Julia’s boots, I made them a lot wider than I might have in the event that they have been leg heaters.
Making boot cuffs additionally meant that we didn’t have to fret an excessive amount of about them slipping down when the women have been operating round. They merely rested on the boots.
In case you are making leg heaters not boot cuffs, you will have to make it possible for they’re comfortable sufficient to remain up. You could have to hem the highest of the leg hotter and insert some elastic to assist maintain them in place.
Black Cat Tail
Issues get even simpler for the tail!
To make a tail, you’ll be making one other material tube.
Merely minimize out a bit of cloth within the size you need the tail and twice as broad as you need your tail, plus an inch of seam allowance.
Fold lengthwise with proper sides collectively.
Beginning at one of many brief ends, start stitching and proceed alongside the lengthy aspect. Depart one finish open.
Stuff the cat tail with polyester stuffing or no matter type of stuffing that works for you.
You should use polyester stuffing (similar to quilt batting) or you’ll be able to simply roll up and stuff with one thing akin to mild fluffy socks, material scraps, and so forth. (As soon as you’re completed with the tail, you possibly can open it up and take out your stuffing.)
I used to be out of polyester stuffing once I made this tail and I used to be about to raid one other tail I had made earlier than when I discovered an previous, white “snake” Olivia had made years in the past. As an alternative of opening it up and taking out the stuffing, I simply used it as a tail insert and caught it proper inside my black cat tail cowl. Recycling!
You possibly can insert bendable wire or a wire garments hanger to mould and bend your tail. For this costume, Julia needed to maintain her tail easy and never too noticeable.
As soon as you’re completed making your tail, set it apart till you’re prepared to connect it to your skirt or costume.
Need to know a secret? I typically simply SAFETY PIN tails on to costumes as soon as my baby is already in it. Easy peasy.
Half Circle Skirt with Bubble Skirt Overlay
I LOVE this skirt.
My mother and I made it in the midst of the night time earlier than the photograph shoot!
Julia had come over for a last becoming the night time earlier than the shoot and she or he didn’t just like the black tutu we had made her. She liked the organza skirt I made her final yr for her fox costume and needed one thing comparable.
So, although I nonetheless had all of the ears to make and Sophia’s hoodie to complete, I started slicing out lining material for a half circle skirt. Fortuitously, I had JUST sufficient mushy crinoline left, (I used to be utilizing it to make Julia a tutu,) to make a bubble overlay in the identical type as her fox skirt and the organza skirt I used to be making for Olivia’s bear costume.
Mercifully, my mother was serving to me, so I used to be capable of hand over the remainder of the development of the skirt to her at about 2am whereas I moved on to make all of the ears and end stitching Sophia’s panda bear hoodie.
(I went to mattress at 8am and acquired three hours of sleep earlier than getting as much as get the women prepared for the shoot. My mother went to mattress at 10am for a pair hours after which joined us for the shoot. We sewed every little thing in lower than every week! We had began stitching on Monday and had the photograph shoot on Sunday afternoon. Sure, it was wild Undertaking Runway velocity stitching!)
However I really like this skirt a lot and I’m so glad we made it. Julia seems to be beautiful in it!
If you wish to attempt making one, it isn’t too onerous. However you in all probability need to have some stitching expertise and a stitching machine…
The material I used to line the skirt was only a primary lining material from the clearance bin. It was a woven — no stretch. So I had to ensure I accommodated for that in my sizing.
I made a half circle skirt for the skirt lining. (You may as well see my Fall Flower Fairy gown for extra about making circle skirts.)
Here’s a useful circle skirt calculator. Keep in mind, in case you are making a HALF circle skirt, you might want to put that within the calculator too.
This calculator is from Omni Calculator:
As soon as I had minimize out my half circle skirt, I keep stitched alongside the highest to maintain the material from pulling out of practice and fraying whereas I labored. I did NOT sew up the again seam. I left the skirt in a single lengthy open piece.
Subsequent, I minimize out my crinoline, (you need to use tulle, organza, or no matter material fits your type,) to be about 60″ lengthy and twice as broad as my skirt size. I’m folding the crinoline lengthwise to create a BUBBLE on the backside. So there isn’t a backside hem. The material simply folds again as much as the highest.
Then I pinned the folded crinoline to maintain it in place and made two rows of gathering stitches on the prime.
I gathered by pulling the bobbin threads and spacing out my gathers till they have been a couple of inches longer than the waist of my skirt liner.
Julia’s waist is 25 inches, so my liner, with seam allowance, was round 26 inches. (It was now about 2am so I handed the venture over to my mother and I went to work on the ears.)
My mother then pinned the liner to the gathered crinoline and, utilizing the stitching machine, basted it in place.
As soon as she was positive she had the gathers evenly unfold out, with no puckers or pleats, she coated the highest of the liner/crinoline gathers with a blanket ribbon and VERY rigorously stitched the ribbon in place, enclosing the uncooked edges of the gathered crinoline and the keep stitched liner.
After she completed one row of sewing, and the whole lot seemed good, she made one other row of stitches to assist the ribbon laying flat and maintain it from turning up.
Then, she folded over the sides of the ribbon waistband to make a tidy end to the again. We made positive to go away additional crinoline sand ribbon waistband extending previous the top of the liner in order that we might have one finish of the waistband layer over the opposite. That method we don’t have to fret about stitching a again seam within the crinoline bubble skirt.
We additionally add pintucks to the underside of the skirt to provide it additional raise. To make the tucks, I flip the crinoline skirt inside out. (I can do that as a result of I’ve left the again open, and not using a again seam within the crinoline.
Then I take tiny little bunches of cloth and sew throughout them. (I’ll replace this publish with footage of that course of. It was the midnight, so I didn’t take many photographs.)
I make these pintucks about each six inches alongside the underside of the bubble hem. After making the tucks, I flip the skirt proper aspect out and the tucks at the moment are inside, “pulling up” the underside hem, giving the skirt extra quantity.
After the pintucks, my mother hemmed the liner after which sewed a again seam three/four of the best way up the again of the skirt liner and left the highest half open. We deliberate to stitch hook closures onto the ribbon waistband to carry the skirt shut.
We used the hook closures for the fox and bear organza skirts and we deliberate to do it for this one too. However we ran out of time!
So, in Undertaking Runway “make it work” type, we truly security pinned Julia into the skirt for the photoshoot. We have been going to repair it for Halloween, however in the long run, we didn’t hassle. The security pins labored nice and we have been actually drained!
Cat Costume Make-up
Lastly, it was present time!
After I had a number of hours of sleep, Susan introduced the women over and we did their make-up and obtained them dressed.
For Julia, we completed off her black cat costume with false eyelashes, a black cat nostril, and naturally some whiskers.
My niece Julia is 13 now and Susan, my mother, and I have been a bit traumatized by how grown up she appeared! The place did our child Julia go?!?
We hope this publish encourages you to skip the costume aisle and make your personal cat costume.
You possibly can create your personal fabulous black cat costume and be probably the most beautiful cat on the block!
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Written and photographed by Janice Croze, co-founding father of 5 Minutes for Mother and Janice Croze Images. Further images by Andreas Bernauer Images.
Extra DIY Halloween Costumes for Women
To see photographs of Olivia’s Bear Costume and Sophia’s Panda Bear Costume, click on over to our publish about our DIY Halloween Costumes for Teenagers and Tweens. I will probably be posting detailed tutorial posts for every of these costumes shortly.
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